Your/his story is not unusual although flares/remissions occur much less frequently in OA than in RA or other inflammatory types of arthritis. The triggers of the flares and remissions are not known for either type of arthritis. Patients often feel stress, weather, over exercise and diet are factors in the flares.
About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.
Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University